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Majority want tax justice

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Only 7% of people believe that Britain’s tax system gets the balance right between the amount of tax paid by the rich, the poor and those in the middle.

The results of a new poll by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) show that even among those with household incomes of more than £100,000, only 13% think the balance is right.

The findings also revealed that 75% agree that ‘it is too easy for very rich people to get out of paying a fair level of tax’.

The public also thinks it is too easy for big companies to get out of paying tax (69%), with 57% believing that the government is wrong to reduce tax on large companies.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “Creating a fairer tax system does not mean a higher tax bill for ordinary workers. Instead, clamping down on tax avoidance and closing the loopholes enjoyed by the super-rich will put extra revenue into ordinary peoples’ pockets or pay for our hard-pressed public services.

“The millions of voters who are feeling the pinch from rising prices and mounting bills will welcome a government stand for tax justice.”

The poll has been launched in line with the TUC seminar, Is it Time for Tax Justice?, which takes place this evening (2 July) at Church House in Westminster.


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